Spring means new beginnings. It also means it’s time to get out and tackle those home improvement projects that you’ve been putting off all winter. Spring is a great time to turn your attention to getting your home ready for the summer and making it more attractive and more functional. Here are five great home improvement projects that won’t take too long that are ideal for springtime.
Before you can go about spring cleaning and interior decorating, you’ve got to give yourself some roof to work. That means you need to do some decluttering. In order to not be overwhelmed, tackle one or two rooms per day and only focus on those rooms. If you try to declutter your entire home in a single day you’ll get burned out. Go through everything and make three piles: stuff to keep, stuff to donate, and stuff to throw away. The trash pile is easiest. It’s harder to decide what to donate. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, "Have I used this in the last year?" If the answer is "no," chances are you can part with it.
With the decluttering done, you can turn your attention to spring cleaning. Some household chores like doing the dishes, are done just about every day. Others, like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, you might do once every few days. Spring cleaning is the time to do those chores that are ignored for most of the year like cleaning the windows and blinds, dusting those hard-to-reach places, and washing the doors and baseboards. Just as with decluttering, focus on room a day to avoid burn out and really try to get a deep clean.
Bring your deck back to life
If you’ve got a deck in your backyard, chances are it’s been unused and neglected all winter. It’s time to bring it back to life in time to be used for summer barbecues and parties. You may need to replace any boards that have become warped or splintered. It wouldn’t hurt to have your deck refinished it that’s in your budget.
A fresh coat of paint
Spring is a great time to repaint your home’s interior because the weather is warmer and you can open all the doors and windows to let in fresh air while you work. You might be surprised at the difference a fresh coat of paint makes. Walls get marks and dents at such a slow rate that we tend not to notice how unattractive they’ve become until we repaint and see the difference.
Make room for fresh flowers
There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with some fresh flowers. It can give any space that fresh, natural look plus they give off a pleasant scent. Flowers don’t just have to be outside. In fact, even if you’re in an apartment and don’t have a yard, you can use fresh flowers by bringing them inside. Place a table near a window and put a plant of some kind on it or hang some potted plants from the ceiling.
Source: The Monitor
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.